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Liberty’s Charles, Lynx’s Moore named WNBA Players of the Week

Aug. 21, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN, USA - The Minnesota Lynx' Maya Moore with the WNBA's MVP trophy at Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug., 21, 2014
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The WNBA has announced the league’s Players of the Week to kick off another stretch of basketball on Monday.  Per a statement released by the WNBA, Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx have been named the Players of the Week for the final days of May and start of June.

With Charles representing the Eastern Conference and Moore named on behalf of the West, the tandem of superstars were specifically rewarded for their efforts from May 30 through June 5.

The 27-year-old Charles has now earned her second Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors of the 2016 regular season while also tallying the 16th time over the course of her seven-year professional career.  Formerly the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player, Charles is also a four-time All-Star and helped the Liberty win two of their three games last week.

Paving the way for her team’s 4-3 record this season, Charles is currently leading the league in scoring and rebounding behind averages of 21.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

On the other hand, Moore too was honored for the second time this season in addition to the 16th time in her six-year WNBA career.

Previously named the 2013 WNBA Finals MVP and the 2014 regular season MVP, she ranks only behind her counterpart in Charles with an average of 21 points per game this year.  However, Moore also ranks third in the league with an average of 5.4 assists per game in 2016.

It is also worth noting that Charles and Moore were teammates in college at the University of Connecticut.

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